I HOPE EVERYONE had a great summer. Where did June, July and August go? It just seems to fly by faster each year. September is one of my favorite months at the beach. The days are a little cooler and the nights are just fantastic.
I am so proud of the Emerald Isle Neighborhood Watch. This group of dedicated citizens has done an outstanding job in making our town safer. I would personally like to thank each and every member of the Neighborhood Watch Committee for their hard work, dedication, and loyalty. What started out as a dream in January 2014 has now become a reality. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank them for a job well done. To everyone who has had a part in making this group so successful I say a BIG THANK YOU!!!
Let me share some statistics from our Police Chief Jeff Waters about the success of this program. Since the start of the Emerald Isle Neighborhood Watch Program in January 2014:
- The number of certified streets have increased from 1 to over 300
- Crimes against persons have decreased by 25%.
- Crimes against property have decreased by 29%
- Burglaries have decreased by40%
- Thefts have decreased by 34%
- Property Damage has decreased by 22%
- Monetary loss due to theft and fraud has decreased by 16%
- Overall Crime in Emerald isle is down 37% in just the first two years of the program
I would like to share the following quote from our Police Chief Jeff Waters, “Let me just say … THAT IS AMAZING. How do I know that the Neighborhood Watch Program is responsible for this? Because the calls we have received at the police department have increased by 35% over the same time period from an average 8,500 a year to over 12,000. What does that mean? When you see something, you are saying something. You ARE making a difference in the quality of life and safety of our community and we need you to continue.”
Chief Waters encourages the following:
- REMAINING alert to what is going on around you and your neighborhood.
- ENCOURAGING your neighbors, renters and guests to get involved and report suspicious activity.
- POSTING the quick reference List somewhere visible in your home to remind everyone.
- ATTENDING Coffee with a Cop, Police Educating the Public (PEP) and Neighborhood Watch meetings to stay informed.
- INFORMING others about Neighborhood Watch and inviting them to become a part of it,
- REPORTING any suspicious activity or behavior to the Emerald Isle Police Department.
We have an outstanding Neighborhood Watch and an outstanding police department. As mayor I would like to thank everyone who has had a part in making Neighborhood watch a success. Thanks for a job well done.
May God Bless each and every person!
Mayor Eddie Barber